There isn’t a ton to do in the beautiful UNESCO city of San Gimignano, but it is a beautiful town definitely worth an overnight stopover en route to another larger city. We made Siena our home base but still wanted to come explore one day during our weekend away.
I’d recommend starting your trip with a view of San Gimignano from Via Vecchia Poggibonsi – a gravel road you can drive down to get an amazing view of the town & then is an amazing place to fly a drone if you have one to get a beautiful aerial view of San Gimignano (I posted a video on Instagram)
For another amazing view of the town I recommend trying the local family run winery Podere la Marronaia (purchase a wine tasting in advance HERE) we felt like family as Presley ran around the giant garden, we learned about the local wines, the family business & enjoyed lots of different wines, olive oils and snacks before picking our favorites and heading into the town to explore.
There is hourly parking right outside of the town walls for around €1,50 an hour (Google Map PIN) & you can easily walk around to see all the major things in San Gimignano.
Things to do:
- Tour the San Gimignano 1300 Museum
- Explore Piazza della Cisterno & Get gelato from the famous Gelateria Donoldi or even sign up for a private gelato making class.
- Say a prayer and marvel at the fresco covered Collegiate church
- Visit the Civic Museum
- Visit the Museum of Torture (not kid appropriate)
- Climb one of the tallest remaining towers Torre Grossa (only 14 remain of the once 72 towering over the city symbolize weath) to see panoramic views of the entire city and surrounding Tuscan hills.
I highly recommend stopping to get pizza & a Spritz before you say Ciao to San Gimignano.
Where should we head next??